What Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Jane Birkin have in common is a penchant for straw bags. And they’ve been delivered by multiple designers and spotted on some of the most stylish arms, Alexa Chung is a long-time fan, to make the rustic, lo-fi accessory a key SS17 trend. Much more summer friendly than leather and a textural flourish for any outfit to boot; straw handbags have evolved far beyond the humble picnic basket shape Birkin infused with chic mystique. Sizes range from XXS to XXL, they’re sun-bleached or woven in glorious technicolour and behold the bold new shapes and forward thinking details on top of the already intricate craftsmanship. Making the most of the straw handbag trend is easy on Avenue 32 with our exciting hand-picked edit of international brands and extra-special women’s luxury fashion. Besides sourcing the best bags, exclusively where we can, their creative versatility lends itself exceptionally well to our designer clothing collections. Whether you’re planning to carry yours at home or away, we’ve got the standout styles to see you through this summer in style. Here’s how we’ll be wearing them at every opportunity.